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A Story of Life's Losses
& Victories over Defeat

“A good coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime."
- Billy Graham

A Note From the Founder

When I first met Coach Jamal Powell, I could never have imagined the profound impact he would have on my life. Our journey together began in 2015 when he became my offensive line coach at James Madison University. Little did I know, he would later become my mentor, guiding me through pivotal moments in my career and life.

Coach Powell was unlike any coach I had encountered before. He placed great importance on building genuine relationships with his players, pushing us not only to excel on the field but also in every aspect of our lives. His influence on me was profound; he inspired me to pursue a career in coaching, eager to make a similar impact on young lives.

As my senior season drew to a close, Coach Powell offered me an opportunity to learn under him, an offer I gladly accepted. Our journey together led us to Lamar University and later to Southern Methodist University (SMU). Our bond grew stronger with each passing day, evolving into a partnership built on mutual respect and admiration.

However, our journey took an unexpected turn in Spring 2018 when Coach Powell was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Despite the challenges he faced, his optimism never wavered. His unwavering courage and determination continue to inspire me, reminding me of the importance of resilience in the face of adversity.

Tragically, Coach Powell passed away in April 2021, just four days shy of his 40th birthday. He is survived by his wife and their three young children.

Coach Powell's impact on my life is immeasurable. His guidance shaped me as an athlete, a professional, a person, and now as a husband and a father. With his influence guiding me, we founded the Big Man Foundation, an organization dedicated to embodying Coach Powell's best qualities.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have known Coach Powell, and now, through the Big Man Foundation, we have the chance to honor his legacy by serving other coaches and coaching families who are faced with life's most unimaginable hardships.

Here to serve,

-Casey Kroll

Founder and CEO


Casey & Coach Powell, 2016.

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